We had to wait years until we learned the truth about Obama’s deceptive campaign to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act, but the truth about the Iran deal is already here. Ben Rhodes, one of Obama’s top national security advisers, admitted to the New York Times magazine this week that the road to that deal was paved with lies and propaganda.
According to the profile, Rhodes used inexperienced journalists and ethically-challenged experts to craft a narrative favorable to the deal. Along the way, Americans were led to believe things that simply weren’t true.
For instance, the administration said that Iranian nuclear negotiations only started once the “moderate” Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013. Rhodes now says that the basic framework for the deal was already in place by that time, having been worked out with Iran’s Islamic hardliners. The purpose of this ruse, of course, was to make it seem like the nuclear deal was opposed by those hardliners.
Rhodes said the deception went even further than that. “We had test-drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else,” he said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the claims on Friday. “I haven’t seen anybody produce any evidence that that’s the case,” he said. “I recognize there might be some people who are disappointed that they did not succeed in killing the Iran deal. Maybe these unfounded claims are the result of sour grapes.”
But it’s much easier to believe that Obama used the same deceptive tactics here that he used on Obamacare. It’s much easier to believe that the reason that this nuclear deal makes no sense is that the American people have never been told the true story.
Now, Obama is hardly the first president to lie to us. It’s been done by Democrats and it’s been done by Republicans. All too often, we don’t find out until years later when no one really cares.
Obama deserves all the criticism and blame we can throw at him, but we should reserve the worst of our attacks on the media that carried his water. It’s one thing to paint your coverage with liberal bias; it’s another thing to completely abandon your journalistic responsibilities out of blind loyalty. No president should be above serious media scrutiny, regardless of his party affiliation. If this Iran deal goes sideways, it could have catastrophic ramifications for Israel, the Middle East, and the world at large. Americans deserved to know the truth, and the media failed to shine a light on it.